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Apailana was a human female monarch who served as the Queen of Naboo during the final days of the Clone Wars and the early days of the Galactic Empire.[4] She was one of the youngest rulers to be elected by the Naboo, succeeding Neeyutnee at the age of twelve.[3]

Shortly after the Clone Wars, the young queen attended the funeral of Senator Padmé Amidala,[4] who had supported Apailana's election as the new monarch. However, she did not believe the official story of Amidala's demise, which claimed that rogue Jedi had assassinated the senator.[3]

A Braha'tok-class gunship named the Apailana's Promise served the Rebel Alliance during its struggle against the Galactic Empire.[5]

Personality and traits[]

Apailana measured 1.57 meters and had brown eyes and light skin. During Amidala's funeral, she wore a headdress in tribute to Amidala,[3] as well as makeup and,[4] as with her predecessors and per Naboo tradition, a scar of remembrance. She did not believe the lies told by the Empire about the Jedi, specifically that they were responsible for Amidala's tragic death.[3]


The mourning dress that Apailana wore to Amidala's funeral consisted of a purple underdress under a white-gold funeral gown with a purple trim embossed with the royal emblem. She also wore a feather-crested shiraya fan headdress with mourning beads hanging from it that symbolized Naboo's tears.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

"It feels kind of strange knowing that I rule the whole planet of Naboo and I'm only thirteen. At first, my face—because it was really white—was a bit of a shock. But when the whole costume was put together and the headdress was put on, I really felt proud, like a Queen."
―Keisha Castle-Hughes[src]

Apailana was portrayed by the Oscar-nominated New Zealander actress Keisha Castle-Hughes in the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[4] Castle-Hughes spent seven hours in make-up for her role in Episode III and filmed her scene in only one day.[source?] The character's name is similar to "Pai" Apirana, Castle-Hughes' character in the 2004 film Whale Rider.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 StarWars-DatabankII.png Queen Apailana in the Databank (backup link)
  2. According to Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, Apailana became Queen of Naboo at age 12, towards the end of the Clone Wars. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the Clone Wars was a four year conflict spanning from 22 BBY to 19 BBY, Apailana became Queen of Naboo in 20 or 19 BBY. Therefore, her birth 12 years prior was between 32 and 31 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  5. Battlefront: Twilight Company
  6. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  7. StarWars-DatabankII.png Queen Neeyutnee in the Databank (backup link)
  8. Leia, Princess of Alderaan